C.J. Leslie Puts On A Star Performance To Lead N.C. State Past Wake Forest

Robert Kinnan USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina State Wolfpack have been an up-and-down team this season. At the beginning of the season, they were ranked No. 6 in the nation. Now, N.C. State is not even in the top 25.

Despite their roller coaster of a season, N.C. State has put together some good victories. Although the win against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons was expected, it was still good to see N.C. State at their best. C.J. Leslie led all performers with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. On this night, Leslie looked like the ACC Player of the Year.

Prior to the start of this season, he was tabbed as the pre-season pick for this same honor. Other key contributors for N.C. State were freshman stud T.J. Warren with 15 points, six rebounds and four steals. Lorenzo Brown came close to getting a triple-double. He finished the game with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Richard Howell had a rare off night with nine points and five rebounds.

Devin Thomas led Wake Forest with a double-double, posting 13 points and 11 rebounds. Travis McKie added 12 points and five rebounds along with Madison Jones‘ 10 points and six rebounds. Wake Forest star player C.J. Harris did not perform well this evening. Their senior captain fouled out with nine points.

N.C. State led at halftime 39-24. Their 13-0 first half run, along with holding Wake Forest to no field goals for seven and a half minutes, fueled this halftime lead. N.C. State managed to get the lead up to 21 points in the second half and Wake Forest could not keep up with them during this game. This game victory is a good one for N.C. State. In addition to avenging a loss to Wake Forest earlier this season, N.C. State has managed to win three consecutive games since their last loss.

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